ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency in Alaska wants the public’s help to solve a mammoth theft.
The Bureau of Land Management says someone stole a 100-pound (45.4-kilogram) mammoth tusk from the Campbell Creek Science Center, an interpretive center in east Anchorage.
The woolly mammoth is Alaska’s official state fossil.
The BLM in a release says the tusk was on display when the center was burglarized March 8.
The tusk is about 5.5 feet (1.7 meters) long. It is 8 inches (20 centimeters) in diameter on the large end and 6 inches (15 centimeters) in diameter at the narrow end.
The dark- and light-brown mottled tusk is curved. The BLM says generations of schoolchildren and other visitors have viewed the tusk.
The agency is offering a $500 reward for its return.